I just did something really special! I had a high tea in the smallest house in Amsterdam! I’ve lived in Amsterdam for years and never new where the smallest house of Amsterdam was, what it looked like and what you could do there. I got an invitation from Amsterdam Calling if I wanted to join them for a visit to the smallest house of Amsterdam, and of course I said yes!
You can watch the video of our adventure on YouTube or read all about it on this page.
You’ll never guess in which area the house is located… the Red Light District! It’s really a hidden gem in a very touristic area. Gessell from Amsterdam Calling waited for me in front of the small house and together we explored the narrow building. The house is only 2.02 meters wide (about 6 feet) and on the ground floor there’s a small tea shop. They sell fresh tea blends in all kinds of flavors. I’m a real tea lover but even I saw some flavors that I never heard of before, like Greek mountain tea and Yogurt Amarena cherry tea.
But the real surprise was one floor up, on the first floor there’s a lovely little tea room where you can enjoy a high tea! Since the house is so small there’s only one table, so you’ll have the tea room all to yourself!
Niels, the owner of the tea house will ask you what kind of tea you like and than brings you a couple of jars with fresh tea from downstairs to choose from. I had a lovely jasmine tea, but you can also go for ‘the smallest house blend’ or ask Niels for his recommendations.
After we got our teas and freshly squeezed orange juice it was time for the food! Gessell and I enjoyed their freshly baked scones with clotted cream and home made lemon curd to start with and after that Niels came in with all kinds of sandwiches. He made vegetarian ones especially for me that were really delicious. He made one with avocado and egg salad, one with blue cheese and apple syrup and one with mozzarella and pesto. That last one was definitely my favorite, especially because the pesto was divine!
We were getting quite full but we left some room for dessert because Niels already told us that it would be worth it. He gave us no less than 3 desserts! Typical dutch ‘boterkoek’ (butter cake), American Brownies and Dutch Apple Pie. Everything was homemade and the apple pie recipe was even from Niels his mother!
Besides the great experience of the small tea room, the food is also really delicious and Niels is very friendly. I highly recommend it. Keep in mind that you’ll have to reserve the table for the high tea, since there’s only room for 1 company at a time.